India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was added back to the Indian squad after BCCI uplifted the suspension imposed on him for his comments in Koffee with Karan show. The snubbing and outrage he received from brand and fans were huge and would have surely affected the cricketer mentally.
India's head-coach Ravi Shastri shared valuable advice to Pandya to cope up with the situation he was in. Shastri told Hardik to move on and not live in past. “I have told him to brush it off (the repercussions following his comments on the chat show ‘Koffee with Karan’). Consider it a rap on the knuckles, a hard rap on the knuckles, and now move on. I have told him, ‘You are born for better stuff’,” he said as quoted by Cricbuzz.
Pandya was included in the Indian side immediately after his return. He was backed by the Indian captain Virat Kohli. Shastri shared his thoughts on Hardik's return to the cricket field. He said this is where he belongs.
“Who doesn’t make mistakes? He has not made a mistake where you can book him for anything. I think the BCCI handled it well with a proper rap on his knuckles (for whatever was said). I don’t want to comment on the BCCI process, though. Only, that they brought him back to where he belongs. I am happy to see him where he belongs, on the cricket field,” Shastri added.
(With Cricbuzz Inputs)